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Silver Spring, MD: Food and Drug Administration; October 2013.
This report outlines the FDA's plans to address drug shortages, including streamlining tracking processes and developing early warning signals to identify potential shortages.
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US Food and Drug Administration.
Medication shortages are emerging as a patient safety issue. This Web site helps hospitals and practitioners monitor drug availability and design processes to manage shortages in daily care.
Journal Article > Study
Sheth HS, Verrico MM, Skledar SJ, Towers AL. Ann Pharmacother. 2005;39:255-261.
This AHRQ-funded study looks at the possibilities of adverse drug events that can be heightened during a drug shortage. The authors concluded that age and the number of prescribed medications a patient is currently receiving can affect his or her safety in this situation.